10 Money and Time Saving Tips in the Container Garden

In this article, I am going to give you 10 money and time-saving tips for the container gardener. We are now all starting to learn to live within our means and this is equally applicable in the garden. We all need to find ways of reducing our expenditure but at the same time maintain a well-kept container garden. This is why this article is being written to impart my knowledge in order to save a bob or two.

Anyway, any money saved can be invested in a family holiday, paying the mortgage, keeping your opposite half happy, or if you …

Is It Better To Water Your Container Plants with Hard or Soft Water? – Does it Matter?

In this article, we will be answering the question ‘Is it better to water your container plants with hard or soft water?’

This is because gardeners worry that by watering with tap water that they may cause irreversible damage to the plant, and that they may eventually kill it. They are worried that the excessive metal ions found in normal tap water can, in the long run, cause a healthy plant to turn unhealthy.

This article is written to allay these fears but be warned as the answer is not that straightforward. The problem is tap water concentrations of …

How Small a Container Can you Use- What is the Minimum?

In this article, I will be discussing how small a container can be in order for your indoor and outdoor plants to not only survive but also to flourish.

There comes a time in every containers mind to what is the smallest container size that they can use so that the plant not only looks good, looks balanced and is productive in producing healthy flowers or fruits.

The first question that needs to be asked, is there such a thing? A pot that is optimally sized for all plants?

As all plants grow to different heights and spreads, need different …

Why the Container Gardener Should Make their Own Compost?

In this article, we will be discussing why the container gardener should make their own compost. Why this method of making your own compost not only saves you money but also is good for the environment. If you make your own compost at home, this will reduce the need to buy new compost every year. Reduce but not totally eliminate.

It must be remembered that homemade compost does not have the right nutrient balance in it, but with careful preparation, it can be used as a supplement in your container garden. This is why it is impossible to totally get …

Plants for Tropical Container Gardens- Going for The Exotic Look

In this article, plants for tropical container gardens will be discussed. As we all become more experimental in our gardens, we take influences from around the world. From the tropics, we look to the brightly-coloured flowers and lush, colourful leaves. You may be worried that many of these plants cannot survive our cold, frosty winters but this is clearly not true if we look after our heat-loving plants well.

We can create tropical container gardens if the right plant is selected. Some of these plants hail from hot countries and will need the conditions to be replicated in order for …

The 7 Types of Composts for the Container Gardener (Getting the Choice Right)

In this article, the 7 types of composts for the container gardener will be discussed. As you can imagine it is quite confusing to know what compost to use in your container garden. You need to match the compost to the needs of the plant in question, and this means knowing about the growing conditions and habit of the plant is normally found in and try to replicate this in the garden.

Commercial composts that you find is different from the compost you make at home, as the home compost is not consistent enough or have the right nutritional balance. …

Latin for the Container Gardener (Why a Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way)

In this article, the use of Latin for the container gardener will be discussed. You may have noticed that in all my articles on flowers that I use the Latin names. You may wonder why I do this and the answer is simple. I do not wish for my readers to buy the wrong plant, as Latin makes identification easier.

This is because some plants have the same variety names, which could lead to confusion. The other confusing aspect is that a plant may have many common names around the world, so when you are talking to somebody using their …

Plants for Rooftop Gardens (Growing on a Windy Site)

In this article, plants there are suitable to be grown in rooftop gardens will be discussed. Rooftop gardens tend to get a lot of sunshine but are also exposed to extremely windy conditions. In order to do well under these conditions, you need plants that are happy basking in the sun, but also windproof, and can be grown in containers.  This is not an easy task to meet but with the correct selection, it is possible to have plants throughout the year.

Most rooftop gardens are container gardens by nature, as this makes it easier to move around. Remember most …

Getting Children Involved in Container Gardening

Everybody with children knows when the six weeks of summer holiday arrives, children will get easily bored with nothing to so. How do you entertain them on these long days, on weekends and on those long evenings? There is a way which could pique their interest, and that is container gardening, a hobby that can become a life passion.

Gardening is a fun activity for children as they can get their hands dirty, doing something which is not only educational but providing skills that are useful for the child’s benefit in later life. They can learn maths in how to …

Garden Pots and Planters- Why use containers? The flexible choice

The main advantage of container gardening is that it is flexible.  You can choose anywhere you want to grow without being tied down to a fix garden bed, or poor soil growing conditions.

If your garden bed is not ideally situated, or maybe not getting enough sunlight or your garden, rooftop or balcony is not suitable to support a soil based fixed garden, then containers provide a means to plant almost anything you want in the desired position.

The attractiveness with containers is that they can be moved with ease to maximize the position so that the plants can obtain …